International Lighthouse Weekend 22-23 August 2020.

Bustard Head Lighthouse established in 1868 is Queensland’s second oldest lighthouse. Photo C.J. Ison.

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend started in 1998 as an amateur radio event where ham operators broadcast from lighthouses around the world.

It is a time to remember the contribution lighthouses and past lighthouse keepers have made to safe navigation of the world’s seaways.

I thought I would share a few photos of some Australian lighthouses I have been lucky to visit in recent years.

BUSTARD HEAD LIGHTHOUSE, QUEENSLAND

The Bustard Head Lighthouse was built in 1868 and is Queensland’s second oldest lighthouse.   It is constructed of prefabricated cast iron sections assembled on the spot.   The light is now automated and can clearly be seen from the town of 1770 20 kilometres down the coast.

Bustard Head Light Station at Bustard Head between Gladstone and the Town of Seventeen Seventy – Established in 1868

CAPE BRUNY, BRUNY ISLAND, TASMANIA

Construction of the lighthouse started in 1836 and it was completed in 1838.   It is Australia’s second oldest lighthouse and was built by convicts from locally sourced stone.

Cape Bruny Lighthouse on Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia was built in 1836. Photo C.J. Ison.

EDDYSTONE LIGHTHOUSE, BAY OF FIRES, TASMANIA

The Eddystone lighthouse was built in 1884 from locally quarried granite and stands 35 metres tall.

Eddystone Point Lighthouse on the Bay of Fires East Coast of Tasmania was built in 1889 from locally quarried pink granite. Photo C.J. Ison.

HELLS GATE ENTRANCE LIGHTHOUSE, TASMANIA

Hells Gate is the entrance to Macquarie Harbour on the southwest coast of Tasmania.    The name “Hells Gate” was supposedly coined by convicts who were transported to the isolated and harsh penal colony on Sarah Island.    The lighthouse was built in 1892 after silver and lead were discovered at Zeehan. 

Hells Gate Entrance lighthouse at entrance to Macquarie Harbour on the West Coast of Tasmania Australia was built in 1892. Photo C.J. Ison.

LOW HEAD LIGHTHOUSE, TASMANIA 

Low Head Lighthouse stands at the mouth of the Tamar River.    This lighthouse was built in 1888 and replaced an earlier one constructed in 1833 but had fallen into disrepair.   It stands 15 metres tall.

Low Head lighthouse at the entrance to the Tamar River in northern Tasmania, Australia. This is the second lighthouse built on this spot in 1888. Photo C.J. Ison.

MOORE POINT, GERALDTON, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The 30 metres tall lighthouse was built in 1878.   It was manufactured in Birmingham England and brought out to Australia on the Lady Louisa where the prefabricated sections were assembled on site.

Moore Point Lighthouse built in 1878 at Geraldton, Western Australia. Photo C.J. Ison.

SPLIT POINT LIGHTHOUSE, AIREYS INLET, VICTORIA

The Split Point Lighthouse was built in 1891 after several shipwrecks in the waters nearby.  It stands 34 metres tall and made of concrete.

Split point lighthouse at Aireys inlet on the Great Ocean Road Victoria Australia built in 1891. Photo C.J. Ison.

SEA HILL LIGHTHOUSE, CURTIS ISLAND, QUEENSLAND

The first Sea Hill Lighthouse was built in the 1870s.   it was replaced by a second lighthouse built in 1895 and still stands there today.  It is 12 metres tall and is clad in corrugated Iron.

Sea Hill Lighthouse, Curtis Island, Capricorn Coast, Central Queensland. Photo C.J. Ison.

© C.J. Ison/Tales from the Quarterdeck.

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